TANGENT, Ore., -- SafeHaven Humane Society is trying to raise money so they can build a medical center to spay and neuter animals on site.
SafeHaven Executive Director, Chris Storm, said they have raised about $150,000 out of their goal of $400,000. Once they reach their goal, they plan to build the center within their current facility.
Storm said it is important to be able to spay and neuter animals on-site because it will save them time and money. She said they currently have to transport animals to other vets, which can be hard on the animals.
Last year, she said they spent about $190,000 on these surgeries for animals, but by having a vet on staff to perform them, it could save them about $70,000 to $80,000 dollars a year.
It could also mean animals could find a forever home faster.
"It's going to save time, it's also going to make it easier for our adopters because the animals will be spay and neutered and we know [when] they will get done... instead of relying on when vets can get it done," Storm said.
Storm said they've been growing quickly. By offering the surgeries on site, she said it will prevent them from getting so backed up.
She said to raise the money, they have been crowdfunding, writing grants and receiving donations. She said they are grateful for the community support.
Storm said they are hoping to have the money raised by the end of July, and the expansion complete by the end of the year.
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